Market Info

Types of Payments and food access accepted/distributed at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

ACCEPTED:

Cash

Credit/Debit cards converted to Market Money

Customers who would like to use their credit/debit cards at the market are directed to the Market Information tent to convert their credit/debit card purchase amount to market money. Market money is accepted by all vendors at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Vendors give U.S. Currency in change. Some vendors are set up to take your credit/debit card directly for your purchase.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP/EBT/MI Bridge Card

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the name for food stamps. In Michigan this program is also referred to as the Michigan Bridge Card. Those who meet income eligibility requirements are allotted a set amount of money each month, on their Bridge Card, to help them purchase food.

Project FRESH

WIC Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers markets. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables to use at the farmers market. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs.

For more information click here or you can call your local WIC agency.

Senior Market FRESH

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to states, United States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. To learn more, click here If you think you are eligible to participate contact your local senior center for your community’s individual program information.

DISTRIBUTED:

Double Up Food Bucks

An exciting program the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market participates in that matches up to $20.00/day for people who use their SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Each time a SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card recipient uses their card at market, we give them double the amount of money they ran the card for up to $20.00. Example, if a Bridge card is swiped for $10, our grant funding enables us to give out an additional $10.00 for a total of $20.00 in food purchasing tokens and only $10.00 came off the customers Bridge Card. The Double Up Food Bucks tokens are used exclusively for fresh, Michigan grown produce sold at the market. This frees up the original Bridge card allocation to be used on other groceries found at the market, such as eggs, meat and bread. For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, visit http://www.doubleupfoodbucks.org/

Hoophouses for Health

Families with children 0-8 years old who are registered with CAAM Head Start, MARESA Early Childhood programs or YMCA young child programs are eligible to receive $16/household member/month to use at participating farmers booth at the market. Allocations are distributed on electronic card and are valid for 60 days.

featured recipe

Grilled Garlic Scapes


Steam them! Roast them! Grill them! Just don’t miss the tiny window of opportunity to enjoy fresh GARLIC SCAPES!

 

Garlic scapes are an unusual treat most often found at farmers’ markets, and only for a short time at the start of summer. They are the soft stems and unopened flower buds of hard-neck garlic varieties. Farmers snip off the stem to produce a more robust garlic bulb.

Thankfully, garlic scapes never go to waste – in fact they’ve become a trendy taste sensation. Here are some tips for preparing a delicious summer side dish that I hope inspires you to find and prepare garlic scapes yourself – I know you’re going to love the reaction when you serve them to someone who has never tried them before!

1) When buying garlic scapes, look for them early in the season – they tend to be thin and more tender than the late-season finds.

2) Preparing garlic scapes for use in recipes is super-easy. Rinse them, trim off the ends and then trim the tips of the buds. Try to use your prepared scapes in a recipe within a day or two of purchase.

3) Don’t overthink how to prepare them. The mildly sweet, subtle garlic flavour comes out when you roast, steam or grill them. You can then further brighten the flavour profile with nothing more than salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Garlic scapes are a remarkably easy-to-prepare seasonal treat that make a perfect side dish to any summer meal.

 

Ingredients & Amounts

  • 2 pounds fresh garlic scapes, washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from 1 lemon, seeds removed
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat barbecue to medium-high.
  2. Wash garlic scapes. Trim off the ends of the stems and the tips of the flower buds.
  3. Transfer prepared scapes into a bowl. Add olive oil, a pinch of salt and toss.
  4. Transfer scapes into a barbecue basket and place onto barbecue. Grill scapes turning occasionally until they wilt and char slightly.
  5. Carefully remove cooked scapes from barbecue transferring to a bowl. Squeeze on lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Toss and then serve immediately.

 

Food | August 09, 2015 | Nik Manojlovich  http://weekendatthecottage.com/grilled-garlic-scapes/